Monday, March 4, 2013

One night in Bangkok and the impending hangover

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You know how when you watch a movie that takes place somewhere you´ve never been, its almost like its just imaginary, like it doesn´t really matter how accurate it is? But when you see a movie that was filmed somewhere you know, there´s the constant recognition of familiar streets, landmarks and sometimes even people! Of course there´s also the movies that supposedly take place somewhere but are filmed in a completely different similar looking place...and you actually know the place where its supposed to be....its so nerve racking!!! Artistic license its called...I call it cheating! Ok ok, sometimes its so similar you can´t really tell...kudos to those cinematographers and the producers of course who found the almost exact place!

 THE HANGOVER

So, I´d like to tell you how extremely different it was to watch The Hangover 2 when it came out, and how it was to watch it last night. Its pretty much all filmed in Bangkok, expect some scenes in a resort on the Gulf of Thailand. We recognized almost every location, some indoor scenes obviously not, but a lot of the action takes place in Soi Cowboy, half a block from my condo, I think I even recognized some of the girls and street vendors. Nothing like when I watched the last Indiana Jones and Peru was a mix all South American countries and other ghastly artistic licenses that had me yelling at the screen.

I really liked the almost last scene of The Hangover 2 when  Mike Tyson sings an 80´s song about Bangkok...One night in Bangkok! We looked for the video, and the lyrics, so awesome!




Ya saben, cuando la accion de una pelicula es en un lugar que no conocen, es como que es todo imaginario, que no importa si es exacto o no? Pero cuando ven una pelicula filmada en un lugar que conocen, hay el constante reconocimiento de lugares, y calles y hasta de personas? Claro, tambien estan las peliculas que se supone que estan en un lugar, pero en realidad la filmaron en otro lugar totalmente diferente pero que se parece....es ennervante!  Se llama Licencia Artistica...yo le digo Trampa! Bueno bueno aveces la similitud es tanta que puede pasar piola...felicitaciones a esos directores de foto y productores que lograron usar un lugar parecido para que sea otro.  

De lo que les quiero contar, es lo diferente que fue ver The Hangover 2 cuando recien salio y verla de nuevo anoche. Casi toda la pelicula esta filmada en Bangkok, algunas escenas en un resort en el golfo de Tailandia. Reconocimos casi todas las locaciones, obviamente algunos interiores no, pero una gran parte de la accion es en Soi Cowboy, a media cuadra de nuestro condo, creo que inclusive reconoci a alguna de las chicas y a los carretilleros. Nada como cuando vi el ultimo Indiana Jones que hacen de Peru una mezcla de varios paises sudamericanos y no se cuantas otra barrabasadas de licencia artistica que me tenian gritando a la pantalla. Me encanto la penultima escena de The Hangover 2 cuando Mike Tyson sale a cantar una cancion ochentera sobre Bangkok...One night in Bangkok! Buscamos el video y la letra es bravasa!